High Risk Pancreatic Cancer ClinicEmily Couric Clinical Cancer Center
1240 Lee St.
Charlottesville, VA 22903Directions
Thursdays and Fridays | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Parking: Free with validation, using your green parking ticket when you register at your appointment. Use the Lee Street Parking Garage directly across the street from University Hospital and Emergency Department.
Our High-Risk Pancreatic Cancer Clinic is one of the first programs in the country that screens patients with key risk factors for the pancreatic cancer.
Monitoring these high-risk patients helps us determine and refine screening guidelines so we can catch pancreatic cancer earlier.
It's important that patients with certain risk factors get screened because we their risk of getting pancreatic cancer is higher. Through screening, we may be able to see cancer before typical symptoms appear.
Screening for Pancreatic Cancer
During a screening, your healthcare provider will:
- Perform a comprehensive physical exam
- Obtain a detailed family and personal history
- Discuss behavioral risk factors like smoking, alcohol use and poor nutrition
- Perform genetic testing, if applicable
The screening may also include advanced tests to detect pancreatic cancer:
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- High-resolution pancreatic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
If we find early-stage pancreatic cancer, patients can have surgery to remove the cancer. Patients without signs of cancer are scheduled for follow-up screenings in the pancreatic clinic.
Learn more about our pancreatic cancer program.
Pancreatic Cyst Clinic
These cysts, some of which can develop into pancreatic cancer, are treatable if diagnosed early. While the presence of a pancreatic cyst does not necessarily mean you'll develop cancer, it can increase your risk. It's important to see a specialist to determine if you are at increased risk.
Cysts are usually asymptomatic, meaning you probably won't be able to tell if you have one. Most patients' cysts are found during X-rays of their abdomen for unrelated causes.
If your cyst is benign and not causing health issues, your doctor may recommend regular follow-up visits and continued monitoring of the situation. For painful or potentially cancer-causing cysts, your doctor may decide that surgery to remove the cyst is the best option.